June is PTSD Awareness Month

On 06/24/2013

The Many Faces of War

As more and more of our soldiers return to the United States from the battlefields of war, the cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are also increasing dramatically. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, about 7-8% of the population will have PTSD at some point in their lives. Over 5 million adults have PTSD, with women being twice as likely to develop it (10% compared to 5% in men). Veterans from all wars are at risk of developing the disease, with Vietnam Veterans being the highest risk; experts predict that 30% of those who served in Vietnam may have PTSD. Veterans from recent wars are also at risk, with 11-20% of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan at risk.

Due to these staggering statistics, the VA has officially designated June as PTSD Awareness Month for the entire country. Throughout June the VA has posted resources, forms and contact information for people dealing with PTSD situations. They have also provided resources for family and friends so everyone can learn more about helping people through these difficult times.

If you or someone you know is dealing with the symptoms of PTSD please contact Milford Regional Counseling Services. Laurie Anderson, LCMHC, is a PTSD counselor for veterans and the Supportive Services for Veterans and their Families program through Harbor Homes. Recently a client commended Laurie for her dedication and expertise, saying that she was “so helpful and right on target” identifying needs and helping to get the necessary paperwork completed.

To contact Milford Regional Counseling Services please call us at (603) 673-2508 or email us at hope@mrcs.org. No one is turned away due to inability to pay.



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